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Everything to know about Windows 8.1 upgrade options

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    Everything to know about Windows 8.1 upgrade options


    Here we go again…

    With each new release of Windows, Microsoft changes the mix of products it offers to consumers and also changes the terms of use. Windows 8.1 is no exception.

    This post lists the key changes you need to know about in Windows 8.1 pricing and licensing, with a few buying tips thrown in for good measure
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    Read more at: Everything you need to know about your Windows 8.1 upgrade options | ZDNet


    See also: Compare Windows 8.1 Editions

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    Thanks for the heads up Brink. Nice to see that the upgrade for current Windows 8 users is a free download. Although in my case it won't be free, as I'm sure the size of the download will put me over the monthly data allotment I get with Verizon Wireless.
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    Win8.1 Pro 64bit


    Why did they remove the OEM personal use policy?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Metalmania31 View Post
    Why did they remove the OEM personal use policy?
    With Windows 8, they only sold upgrade versions and System Builder. There was no Retail Windows 8 full version.

    With 8.1 the Retail version is now a full version, so no rider on the system builder is now needed.
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    One question I have is will the upgrade from the store, or ms update, allow for both an upgrade or custom install. If current users of windows 8 get a free update, then it should allow for both, after all "It is FREE". No where do I read if this is possible. Or is it.

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    am i right ? MS changes OEM policy like win7 ?

    so i can not buy oem directly and use it on my own pc and then transfer to another pc like win 8 ... is it right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle View Post
    am i right ? MS changes OEM policy like win7 ?

    so i can not buy oem directly and use it on my own pc and then transfer to another pc like win 8 ... is it right?
    Yes, that has changed, because they now have the Full retail version, which is transferrable. They did not have a full retail version with Windows 8, which is why they created the personal use license.
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